We Are Set For Electronic Voting – NIMC

We Are Set For Electronic Voting – NIMC The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), has declared that the commission is ready for an electronic voting system if it is approved by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and backed by relevant legislation.

The commission says the current National Identity Card has an inbuilt platform to accommodate electronic voting and make its take-off in the country a huge success.

The State Coordinator of NIMC, Mr Stephen Inokoba, made the declaration while presenting the national identity card of the state Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr Desmond Agu, in his office.

He explained that the provision for electronic voting was one of the 13 security features embedded in the new national ID card.

He said that once the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other policymakers opt for electronic voting, the current identity card would be an effective launching pad for a smooth system.

He said: “The card has been fashioned in such a way that it can be used for electronic voting.

“Once Nigeria is set, we have the platform ready for electronic voting to commence.

“We are ready. The platform is on. It is left to INEC and the policymakers. Once they do what they ought to do, our platform is already there, it has been developed.”national-identity-card-id

The NSCDC boss, while appreciating some of the card’s benefits, praised the Federal Government for the initiative and appealed to people of the state to obtain theirs.

He described the card as a testimony of the federal government’s good intentions for the country.

“Initially it sounded like a mirage but you can see that it is true. I have completed the process and obtained my card.

“With what I have seen, the Federal Government has good plans for all the citizens. So, let us all take advantage of this initiative to better our lives.

“There are many privileges attached to the cards. These are the things obtainable in advanced countries where you can use similar cards to enjoy subsidies in services offered by the government,” he said.

Highlighting the major benefits of the cards, Inokoba said: “When you have the card, there are 13 benefits that you will get. The first one is you have an opportunity of getting a card to yourself alone through the Match-On-Card (MOC).

“It means that the card will not be given to somebody that it doesn’t belong to. You name will be matched with your fingerprints. So, there is no card by proxy”.

NSCDC Uncovers Oil Vandals’ New Tactics

NSCDC, Petroleum, Oil VandalsThe Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says it has discovered new ways employed by vandals in transporting petroleum products.

Commandant of the Bayelsa State NSCDC Command, Desmond Agu, said this on Monday at the command headquarters in south-south Nigeria.

He revealed that the merchants of adulterated petroleum products continue to find new ways of conveying the products without been apprehended by men of the various security services.

As a proof of their hard work and success at curtailing them, the NSCDC premises was filled with vehicles, engines and sack bags which can easily pass as bags of rice or beans but are instead filled with adulterated petroleum products.

The staff of the NSCDC were, however, in a sober mood as they mourned their colleague who just lost his life in active service.

He was patrolling the waterways at Ogbobiri community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.

Mr Agu explained that the deceased lost his life while his officers engaged the hoodlums in a shootout where they were ambushed.

He appealed to the Federal Government to equip the command with more modern and sophisticated weapons to enable them overpower the criminals.

The NSCDC boss also appealed to the public to always inform them of activities or persons suspected to be related to such criminality.

Militants Attack Agip Pipeline In Bayelsa State

gas-pipeline-vandalisationA crude oil pipeline in Bayelsa State, southern Nigeria, operated by the local subsidiary of Italy’s Eni, Nigerian Agip Oil, has been attacked by suspected militants.

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) reported the attack on Sunday.

The attack comes just days after President Muhammadu Buhari assured oil companies operating in the Niger Delta that the government was taking all necessary actions to protect strategic assets in the region from vandals and criminals.

Resurgence Of Militancy

He told the Global Director (Upstream) of the Royal Dutch Shell Group, Mr Andrew Brown, in Abuja that he had directed the Chief of Naval Staff to re-organise and strengthen the military Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, to deal effectively with the resurgence of militancy and the sabotage of oil installations.

Attacks on facilities in the last few weeks have driven Nigeria’s oil output to a more than 20-year low.

A spokesman for the NSCDC, Desmond Agu, told Reuters news agency that the Agip pipeline was attacked in the early hours of Sunday, around 12:30 a.m. local time.

“A gang of armed youths … vandalised pipeline along Azuzuama axis of the Tebidaba-Brass pipeline with dynamite and ignited fire on the line,” he said.

Mr Agu said that one of the suspected attackers had been arrested.

Eni, which operates in Nigeria through its subsidiary Nigerian Agip Oil Company, could not be immediately reached to comment on the attack.

On Friday, the Bayelsa State Government and some leaders of most of the communities in the state held talks and condemned the activities of militant groups vandalising the nation’s oil pipelines.

They agreed to do their best to ensure that the militants pay for their crimes.